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Our weblogs from around the world. Making Waves covers general Greenpeace and environmental news, Nuclear Reaction spotlights the nuclear industry, and from Greenpeace UK, the Energydesk, reporting on Energy and Climate issues.

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Interview with a polar bear expert

Blog entry by Larissa Beumer | 27 February, 2016

This year, celebrate International Polar Bear Day by learning more about these amazing animals from a scientist who has studied them for decades.   Thor S. Larsen is a pioneer in polar bear research. He began his academic...

Adorable Japanese couple devastated by Fukushima turn lives around with solar

Blog entry by Ai Kashiwagi | 26 February, 2016

For the past 30 years, Shin and Tatsuko Okawara spent their lives working as organic farmers. With their own organic farm, rural work was in their blood - tilling, planting and harvesting crops from the same soil their family worked on...

We climbed one of China’s most beautiful mountains and did it in PFC-free clothing

Blog entry by Icey Tsui, A.M. and Deng Lin | 26 February, 2016 1 comment

The majestic Four Sisters Mountains, in Sichuan Province, Mainland China. On January 19, a rare meteorological event allowed a record cold current from the Arctic to slide south into Mainland China. As the frigid polar air kept...

Iceland's fin whale hunt cancelled for 2016

Blog entry by Willie Mackenzie | 25 February, 2016 1 comment

No endangered fin whales will be hunted in Iceland this year. This is great news. Word today from colleagues in Iceland, and now reports in both Icelandic and  English-language media  confirm that the planned hunt for fin...

Five years on and the Fukushima crisis is far from over

Blog entry by Shaun Burnie | 24 February, 2016 8 comments

Five years ago the Rainbow Warrior sailed along the Fukushima coast conducting radiation sampling. Now it's back, and has Japan's ex-Prime Minister on board. Greenpeace Ship Rainbow Warrior Sailing past the destroyed Fukushima...

Hope floats at heavenly lake

Blog entry by Elena Sakirko and Konstantin Fomin | 23 February, 2016

This month the fate of a Russian jewel will be decided in a small town in Western Siberia. The town is Beloyarsky and the jewel is the Numto nature preserve. The oil company Surgutneftegas already extracts oil from the park but now...

Ancient trees are burning in Tasmania...and some will never grow back

Blog entry by Jessica Panegyres | 23 February, 2016 1 comment

For the past month fires have ravaged through parts of Tasmania’s World Heritage listed forests, destroying 1,000 year old trees. Is this the new normal? Over 100,000 hectares have been damaged by bushfires, including parts of...

TTIP is not about trade, it's about us

Blog entry by Susan Cohen Jehoram | 22 February, 2016

European and American trade negotiators have a tough week ahead of them. They are meeting behind closed doors to negotiate a new Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). We want to put an end to these negotiations...

Colombia bans coal mining in the páramos!

Blog entry by Silvia Gomez | 12 February, 2016 4 comments

The páramos of Colombia – a region of the Andes too high for trees to grow and too low to be covered in snow – holds an ecosystem unlike any other on earth. One that millions of people rely on. Home to thousands of unique species,...

Climbing Fitz Roy in Patagonia without PFCs

Blog entry by David Bacci | 12 February, 2016

After successfully climbing Cerro Torre, my next goal was to climb the route opened by the legendary Italian climbers Casimiro Ferrari and Vittorio Meles in 1976, called Pilar Este on the Eastern Face of Fitz Roy in Patagonia, on the...

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